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Open stable Velm Neuhaus.jpg
An area of land that is used to keep animals Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: landuse
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The tag landuse=animal_keeping can be used to map an area that is used to keep animals, particularly horses and livestock.

How to map

Draw the area where the animals are kept and apply the tag landuse=animal_keeping to it.

Besides the main tag landuse=animal_keeping the following sub-tags can be used for further refinement:

  • animal_keeping=*<animal>, where <animal> means the name of the animal (English singular form). If more than one species is kept, provide a semi-colon-separated list, e.g. animal_keeping=sheep;cow .
  • animal_keeping:type=*=open_stable/paddock/...


Tags Description Photo
An open stable for horses.

In the UK the term open stable is rather unknown, because for some legal reason these are non-existent there. Somewhat similar to a field_shelter — sometimes called a free barn. Contrary to an open stable the facilities within the area (e.g., feeding stations, watering places, etc.) have to be moveable.

Open stable Velm Neuhaus.jpg
A paddock for horses, sometimes called pen or corral. Also valid for the open-air area of a paddock box. For the closed area of a paddock box see building=stable.
For pasture use landuse=meadow and preferable meadow=pasture.
Paddock 01.jpg

If the boundaries of paddock or open stable and any surrounding farm yard are unclear, consider using landuse=farmyard for the whole area instead.

See also

  • landuse=meadow is commonly used for areas of meadow and pasture for livestock grazing
  • landuse=farmyard is commonly used for areas with farm buildings, including stables and barns, and is sometimes used for cattle yards, paddocks, and livestock pens.
  • farmyard=stockyard is an area used to temporarily hold livestock, generally with many fences
  • shelter_type=field_shelter is a building located in the countryside intended to provide shelter for animals
  • Riding is an article dedicated to features related to horse riding